A primer on customizing Activity app notifications on Apple Watch

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Tired of getting those annoying Activity app notifications on your Apple Watch? Yes, you can turn them off.

Perhaps the No. 1 reason to purchase an Apple Watch is for it to track your fitness activities. Thanks to the built-in Activity app, you can keep track of various exercise routines throughout each week such as running, walking, even yoga. When you’re not exercising, the Activity app has also been designed to push out notifications to give you an extra push. These are easy to modify, as you can see below.

How to change the Activity app notification settings

You can customize the notifications you get for your daily activities to fit your daily lifestyle. The settings are found in the Watch app on your iPhone. You have three choices that will determine the type and location of Activity app notifications on Apple Watch. These include: Allow Notifications, Send to Notification Center, and Notifications Off.

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Activity.
  3. Tap Send to Notification Center or Allow Notifications.

You’ll find five toggles when selecting either of these settings: Stand Reminders, Daily Coaching, Goal Completions, Special Challenges, and Activity Sharing Notifications. By default, each of these choices is active. You can turn as many as you want on or off.

Note: When you select Notifications Off as listed above, you can still adjust the Stand Reminders.

The difference between Allow Notifications and Send to Notification Center

When you select Allow Notifications on the main Activity app notification screen on iPhone, your message will show up on your wearable device as a pop-up. When Send to Notification Center is chosen, you’ll only see the notices when you slide down on the Apple Watch display. By tapping on either, you can read the notification.


Personally, I don’t see the need to turn off any of the Activity app notifications on Apple Watch. If you do, Apple has made it simple to change these through the Apple Watch app on iPhone. Do you have any questions? Leave a comment below.

This article was originally posted on iMore